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Directed by Dorothy Arzner : Women Artists in Film - Judith Mayne

Directed by Dorothy Arzner

Women Artists in Film

Paperback Published: 22nd January 1995
ISBN: 9780253208965
Number Of Pages: 209

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Dorothy Arzner was the exception in Hollywood film history -- the one woman who succeeded as a director, in a career that spanned three decades. In Part One, Dorothy Arzner's film career -- her work as a film editor to her directorial debut, to her departure from Hollywood in 1943 -- is documented, with particular attention to Arzner's roles as "star-maker" and "woman's director." In Part Two, Mayne analyzes a number of Arzner's films and discusses how feminist preoccupations shape them, from the women's communities central to Dance, Girl, Dance and The Wild Party to critiques of the heterosexual couple in Christopher Strong and Craig's Wife. Part Three treats Arzner's lesbianism and the role that desire between women played in her career, her life, and her films.

Industry Reviews

"It is the first major study of Arzner's work since 1975 and, considering the depth of Mayne's research, will be the landmark study for many to come." - Lambda Book Report " ... brilliant and lively reading ... " - Feminist Boookstore News " ... displays an interpretive subtlety that does justice to Arzner's films themselves." - The Lesbian Review of Books " ... brilliantly written and constructed ... " - Gay Times "[Mayne explores] in fascinating detail how Arzner succeeded in becoming a director, how her films reflected a distinct sensibility and set of life experiences, and how she was portrayed in the popular media." - Steven Mintz, H-Net Book Review

Introductionp. 1
The Cinderella Girl of the Moviesp. 11
Apprenticeshipp. 13
Successes and Failuresp. 35
The Independentp. 60
After Hollywoodp. 80
Films for Women Made by Womenp. 91
Working Girlsp. 93
Odd Couplesp. 112
Dance, Girls, Dancep. 131
Girl Director Sets New Standards of Beautyp. 149
Looking for Dorothyp. 151
Conclusion: Lesbian Detectionp. 175
Notesp. 183
Filmographyp. 197
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780253208965
ISBN-10: 0253208963
Series: Women Artists in Film
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 209
Published: 22nd January 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.75  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.39